Resources for Adult Students

Did you know that approximately 18% of GVSU's undergraduates are considered adult learners or non-traditional students?  As an adult or non-traditional, we welcome you at GVSU to achieve your academic and personal goals, and we're here to help along the way.

Whatever your educational goals, we understand that as an adult you have concerns that are larger than just academic preparation.  You might be thinking about balancing school and employment, child care, or changing careers.  Sometimes you know exactly where you're headed and what questions you have, and sometimes you need to talk through some of the options and concerns and don't even know where to start, wherever you're at, we have advisors here to help. We understand that without the assistance you need, going to college as an adult can be difficult and we want to provide you the necessary tools you need to be successful. 

Congratulations on the steps you’re taking toward your education!

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Read stories of four different adult students journey to graduation

student in graduation cap

Adult Student Spotlight Video


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Scholarships Available

January 19, 2017

Information of scholarships available from the Community Foundation of Holland and Zeeland

2016 Outstanding Adult Learner Award

May 09, 2016

Adult student earns recognition

News Story on Adult Accelerated Programs

April 28, 2016

faculty and students sharing their experiences in Adult Accelerated Programs with Shelly Irwin on WGVU

86 Year Old Student begins 36th Year at GVSU

August 05, 2015

86-year-old student at Grand Valley State University begins 36th academic year at GVSU

2015 Outstanding Adult Learner Award

May 06, 2015

Adult student wins outstanding adult learner award

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